Facebook may have been the IPO that people everywhere anticipated and then lamented, but 2012 was largely defined by a series of stellar public debuts by enterprise software markers.
stories by Jennifer Van Grove
With outlandish lawsuits, a botched IPO, and a detailed social record of historic world events, 2012 will be remembered as a year of extreme highs and lows in social media. Here are the top 10 social stories that defined the year.
Facebook has decided to try its hand at self-destructing messages with the release of Facebook Poke for iPhone.
Ending a rocky week on a high note, Instagram released new and improved versions of its applications for iPhone and Android.
Path, the private social network, wants us to see search as something personal.
Editor’s Pick Eloqua’s surprise sale to Oracle comes just four months after its initial public offering and follows a strong third quarter. So, why now?
in with the smart and out with the stupid — Twitter search, that is.
Facebook today made its mobile app install ads infinitely more attractive to app makers who want to pay to increase their downloads.
Commercial breaks are coming soon to your Facebook News Feed.
Hulu’s “evil” plot to destroy the world and turn your brain to mushy mush is working — at least in part.
Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom played a dicey game of semantics in order to expedite the close of the deal between his company and Facebook.
Locals know best. That’s the reason Airbnb just acquired Localmind, an expert at connecting inquisitive travelers to locals in the know.
Days after giving the finger to Twitter, Instagram has puckered up to give life-long places partner Foursquare a big, wet kiss.
The Yahoo-owned Flickr, alongside the release of a brand new app for iPhone, threw in support for Twitter Cards this morning, bringing its newly filtered captures to tweets near you.
Believe it or not, but Facebook is introducing simpler, more accessible privacy controls to help you keep certain aspects of your digital life private.
Video-sharing application Viddy landed on Android devices today after long being available only on the iPhone.
Following cosmetic and content improvements, Bing’s solution to socially enhanced search doesn’t look so bad anymore.
It’s not exactly a tit-for-tat swap, but around the same time Instagram photos were stricken from the Twitter experience Pinterest pins started appearing inside tweets.
Last-minute booking app HotelTonight is ready to alleviate your holiday headaches, be they travel or gift-related.
Embroiled in a photo turf war with Twitter, Instagram’s deadly weapon of choice is a revamped iOS application that allows users to snap better, more stylized shots.
Microsoft’s Bing search engine hopes to help you find more about the personalities and places in your queries with an update that spits out relevant information at the center of your search.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg sold 946,588 Facebook shares across two separate transactions on Wednesday, according to a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
LinkedIn is catering to the entrepreneurially minded people on its team with a new program designed to advance great ideas dreamt up in the workplace.
Time to brush up on your shorthand, because come February, you’re going to have two less characters to tweet with when you share links on Twitter.
Foursquare is now helping the neighborhood bars, restaurants, bookstores, and coffee shops of the world get the word out about their in-store events.
Google has graduated three time-saving experimental Gmail features, kicking them out of the protected confines of Labs and into your inbox.
Facebook may be turning to its longtime pal Microsoft to complete its plan to create an external advertising network.
Google has taken inspiration from Apple’s Passbook to give its Android customers a more instantaneous way to pull up their boarding passes with Google Now.
Twitter has added localized trends for 100 new cities, improving its capability to show people the buzziest news and hashtags being discussed on the information network in locations around the world.
Facebook defined the word “poke” for a new generation, but the social network can’t say the same about the word ”subscribe.”
iPad point-of-sale provider ShopKeep POS has closed an important sale of its own. The New York-based startup has banked $10 million in funding from Canaan Partners, Tribeca Venture Partners, and TTV Capital.
‘Tis the season for reflection — through data crunching, of course! The folks at AddThis have tallied a year’s worth of social shares to uncover 2012′s biggest takeaways.
Pronounced “social,” Socl debuted to the public today with a fresh coat of paint, new features, and no clear purpose.
Felix Miller and Martin Stiksel are two of the co-founders of Last.fm, the social music service that sold to CBS in 2007. Now, the boys are back, and this time they think they have what to takes to tackle the only startup market that may be more unforgiving than music: personalized content discovery.
Marissa Mayer is making good on a promise to buy Yahoo’s way to mobile dominance with the talent acquisition of the team behind OnTheAir.
Facebook Photo Sync automatically syncs your phone’s camera roll to a private album for bulk sharing whenever the mood strikes — no manual uploads required.
What is Wall Street’s beef with Groupon CEO Andrew Mason?